How to uninstall apps on the Galaxy S4

September 1, 2013
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    Galaxy S4 apps, how do I uninstall thee? Let me count the ways.

    Android is an app-driven platform. Everything that you can do on your Galaxy S4 you can achieve by running apps. Some apps (especially system apps) come with your phone straight from the factory, others you install from sources such as the Google Play Store. There’s not much that you can do to remove preinstalled system apps, but — just in case you haven’t gotten round to actually doing it first time — you can actually uninstall user apps and recover storage space.

    If you think that the only way to uninstall apps on the Galaxy S4 is through the Google Play Store app, then this article holds a few surprises for you. In this article, you’ll learn how to uninstall apps on the Galaxy S4. There are actually several ways to do it.

    Using Google Play Store app

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    This, of course, is a no-brainer. But, for completeness, let me just include this here. While you can argue that the Uninstall button is hard to miss on a freshly installed app’s page in the Google Play Store app, some people do have the innate ability to overlook that button.

    Although not the one and only source, the Google Play Store is the default primary source of apps for most Android users. Its accompanying app allows you to discover and install new apps or remove and uninstall old ones.

    App uninstallation via the Play Store app takes only a few steps:

    1. open Play Store app,
    2. tap on Menu,
    3. select My Apps,
    4. tap on name of app to be removed, and
    5. tap the Uninstall button.

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    Yup — that easy. Doesn’t take a genius, really.

    Take note, however, that if you manually install apps through some other way besides the Play Store, those apps sometimes do not appear on the list in the Play Store app. Such apps can be uninstalled through other means.

    Using Application Manager

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    Besides the Play Store app, Android’s built-in Application Manager can also be used to uninstall apps. Just open the Settings app, tap on the More tab, and select Application Manager.

    In Application Manager, you should be able to see a list of your installed apps, organized into four tabs:

    • Downloaded — Lists all apps that you downloaded to your phone
    • On SD Card — Lists all apps that are installed in your phone’s storage
    • Running — Lists all apps that are active or are running in the background
    • All — Lists all apps, regardless of source or installation location

    To remove an app using the Application Manager, just tap the app’s name on the list to open the app’s info page, then tap the Uninstall button. It’s that easy. You may want to tap the Clear Data and Clear Cache buttons first before hitting Uninstall.

    Using TouchWiz UI

    App Drawer Edit Mode

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    If, for some reason, you find the Play Store or Application Manager method a bit long-winded for your app uninstallation pursuits, seek refuge in TouchWiz.

    The Samsung TouchWiz interface for the Galaxy S4 comes with a UI-based method for easily uninstalling an app. You can do it in just four steps:

    1. Open the App Drawer.
    2. Tap Menu.
    3. Tap Edit.
    4. Hold down and drag the app’s icon to the Uninstall icon at the top-right.

    The foregoing method also lets you remove apps that you manually installed.

    Alternate UI method

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    An alternate method for easily uninstalling apps from the App Drawer is as follows:

    1. Open the App Drawer.
    2. Tap Menu.
    3. Tap Uninstall.
    4. You’ll see red bars overlayed on the icons of apps that you can uninstall. Just tap on the red bar to uninstall the app.

    The foregoing method also lets you remove apps that you manually installed.

    Using an app manager app

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    Yet another way to remove an app from your Galaxy S4 is through the use of app managers, task managers, or file manager / explorer apps. There are several of such apps on the Google Play Store.

    ES File Explorer, for example, has an App Manager component that lets you uninstall, backup, share, or send apps. Most remote device management apps such as AirDroid also have app uninstallation features.

    Using ADB

    If you’re into command-line interaction with your Galaxy S4, then you’ll probably want to learn some uninstallation tricks using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB). For this method to work, you’ll need a working ADB setup on your computer. Also, ADB must be able to recognize your Galaxy S4 when you run the command adb devices at a terminal.

    To uninstall an app via ADB, you must know the app’s package name (which is not necessarily the app’s APK file name). If you don’t know the app’s package name, you can quickly summon a list of the names of installed packages on your phone with the following command:

    adb shell pm list packages

    Here’s an example output of the command above:

    adb-packages-list

    Each package name listed is prefixed with package:, but you should be able to easily spot your app’s package name from the list. According to the list, the package name for the Mozilla Firefox app, for example, is org.mozilla.firefox. Once you’ve identified the app’s package name, simply issue the following command:

    adb uninstall packagename

    where packagename is the app’s package name. So, to uninstall Mozilla Firefox, for example, you’d use the following command:

    adb uninstall org.mozilla.firefox

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    Video guide

    Want to see these uninstallation tips in a video guide? Watch our video tutorial on YouTube:

    Conclusion

    While the Google Play Store remains the usual and most familiar route for installing and uninstalling apps on the Galaxy S4, there are actually other methods for removing apps. In this article, you learned how to uninstall apps on the Galaxy S4. To learn more about how to use your Galaxy s4 download the Galaxy s4 manual.

    Do you use a Galaxy S4? What’s your favorite app uninstallation method? Why do you prefer it to other uninstallation methods? Share your app uninstallation stories to other Galaxy S4 users in the comments section below.

    (with contributions from Alvin Ybañez)

    Comments

    • Ben Jacobs

      I just wish we could remove apps preinstalled to free up space and mostly unused/hated apps. Other than of course installing a new ROM.

      • D’Ander McSullivan

        How about root? You can always unroot if the warranty worries you.

        • Ben Jacobs

          sometimes that doesn’t work

          • SeraZR™

            it does work :3

            Titanium Backup :|

            • D’Ander McSullivan

              +1

      • Whogoeth

        You don’t need a new rom just root and use no bloat simple

    • Stranger from a Far Coast

      Is there a difference if i clear data then uninstall? I always do that. But now i have my doubts it works. Cause i still see folders of that particular app in my /sdcard0 after uninstalling.

      • http://droidcent.com/ Marsel

        Yes clearing data before uninstalling is always a good idea, I believe sometimes the data is left on your phone even once the app has been uninstalled.

    • Balraj

      How does one remove apps completely
      Certain apps leave files behind even after uninstalling
      Now a guide to remove apps completely will be very helpful
      Apart from adb,I knew every other trick………

      • Maher Salti

        I use clean master.. requires root though

        • Balraj

          Thanks
          But any idea..How to achieve it without root? If not possible then I’ll root my phone n install clean master

    • Sweatynuts

      Or simply root the phone which takes minutes then use no bloat to strip out all the junk

    • Fishflaps

      Oh and if you have root you can use system tuner to remove the extraneous startups which slow down boot time the only slight draw back is you can’t get ota updates as it detects the root but it is easy to unroot if necessary, as long as you have supersu installed you will be fine

    • Theghostofelvis

      I rooted mine and removed all the Samsung crap with nobloat, since then it has been great also i get to keep the superior Samsung camera which is far better than the dodgy android stock version also removed the outrageously loud shutter sound so now silent and installed the proper USB storage app which allows proper USB mass storage access rather than the dire kies version along with USB hosting, if you get a yellow triangle at boot after rooting then install triangle away from play store which successfully removes it.

    • Smeeagain

      Next breaking story, how to turn your Android phone on and off. ;)

    • Sandra Williamson

      My understanding is that any freedom to reverse root has been eliminated – meant as response to comment in this thread, McSullivan, by name.
      Personally, if multiple uninstalls are planned, I prefer “uninstall master” a separate app. Appreciate comment re:clearing data- it makes great sense- hadn’t crossed my mind.

    • Sandra Williamson

      As afterthought, I use different launcher & therefore don’t see/deal with Samsung junk & have plusses gained by that addition. I assume there’s no change in inability to remove Samsung bloat but at least, it’s out of sight. If any other options exist, please add.

    • Linzo

      What and where is the app drawer you mention?

    • Anon E. Mouse

      Where’s this freedom and customization I heard so much about? I can’t even delete this unused crap from the phone… Everyone told me how android doesn’t lock you in like iOS, but I’m finding the opposite. I’m gonna be stuck with this for 2 years?

    • freddyf

      None of these works for me. There’s some crappy app called Soliton S which cannot be deleted in any of these ways. For example, using Application Manager, this guide says “tap the Uninstall button”. What uninstall button? There isn’t one.

    • Eddie

      Guess what? I have no idea why, but I have, unfortunately, downloaded an application called: Armor For Android, that can not be deleted! I’m so disappointed now.

    • Pete

      it does not work all the unwanted apps that i uninstalled are still on the phone

    • Jacquelynn

      So I accidentally uninstalled a pre installed app…. it messed up everything! ! I don’t know how to get it back or fix it. It wasn’t even important it was like a fitness app or something and now the whole layout of my phone is way different and it has fewer screens and it just sucks… any ideas?

    • Nick Bellamy

      Is there any way to delete multiple apps using the app drawer without requiring a soft reset for each deletion? It really becomes a time-consuming process to have to wait for it to restart after I uninstall each app.

    • copeland lee

      With MobileGo for Android, you can easily download, install and uninstall apps for your galaxy s4

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcCRwSsfDHA

    • Nancylb999

      I really appreciate the time you took to post the above information. It helped me to delete an app on my S4 Mini I didn’t want anymore, the instructions provided on how to do so was simple and clear. Thanks again!

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